Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Vengeance Road - Erin BowmanPublisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 1st 2015)
Hardcover: 336 pages
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Rating: 3.5-4 of 5 Stars

Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.


I admit. I read this book for the super badass cover (I am head over heels for it, it’s gorgeous!). I don’t usually read a lot of Westerns, but after this I think I need to change that!

Like the blurb says, this book is all about the revenge for Kate when a gang shows up and murders her dad. She ends up on the road with brothers Jesse and Will and damn is it quite the adventure. I love the nitty-gritty wild west that Bowman created. It kind of reminds me of Rango.

Rango - Blow that ugly right off your face

This book is all about the revenge, the stakes are high and it’s a dangerous game. There’s tons of shootouts, saloon brawls and all around a lot violence and action that kept me turning the page.

I love that Kate is never the damsel in distress. Her lust for vengeance is pretty intense and she’s determined to get her revenge not matter the consequence. Kate is prickly like a cactus, hella orney and for the most part is badass to the bone. I really liked her.

“That sounds real nice, boy,” he says. “Now for the love of God, lower that damn pistol.”

“All right,” I says.

And I do.

Right after I shoot him through the skull.

There’s a bit of a romance. It’s not a love triangle! It’s a bit of a hot-and-cold romance but I did enjoy the slow simmering.

For the most part I loved this book but there was one part of the story near the end that I wasn’t a huge fan of. I didn’t really like the path it took and I felt it didn’t really fit with the characters, so it kinda left me feeling meh. That being said, damn, I enjoyed this book. I liked that this was a standalone, it really kept the pace nice and face. The ending was kind of a doozy, just to keep me on my toes.

Overall, I’m happy I picked this up. Bowman had me totally engaged in this nitty-gritty wild west and I want more! It was a unique read with an unconventional heroine.


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14 Replies to “Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman”

  1. I loved this book, the ending included! Glad you liked it too!

    1. I liked the twist and the happy ending, just not some stuff a little before it (: Glad you loved it!

  2. I love the cover and have eyed this a few time, even put it in my Now you have me curious about the bit at the end..LOL

    1. The cover is just so gorgeous! I’m not even sure what got to pick it up but it was totally worth it! Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Literary Feline says: Reply

    I like the cover too. Westerns aren’t usually my thing either, but I like the sound of this one. Lots of action is good and I like the basic premise. Plus, now I want to know how it ends!

    1. Ya, Westerns usually isn’t my thing, but I’m so happy I picked it up! I think you would enjoy it 😉

  4. Cait @ Paper Fury says: Reply

    Omggg I NEED THIS SO BAD. I just bought Under A Painted Sky? Which is another western I think and afjdkaslfd I LOVE WESTERNS SO BAD. Eeeep! So this will be my next one to devour (also that cover is everything, right?!?) 😀

    1. Oooh, I think I need to check out Under a Painted Sky! Can’t wait to see your thoughts on it! Yes, definitely check out Vengeance Road! The cover is just to die for!

  5. I’ve wanting to read this book since it came out! Hopefully I can get to it by this year. Great review! 🙂

    1. Hope you get to read it soon!
      Thanks (:

  6. I love the sound of the Western setting and the kickass Kate, I borrowed this one from the library so looking forward to reading it!

    1. Yay! I hope you enjoy it! Kickass Kate was very kickass!

  7. This definitely sounds like something I’d enjoy. She sounds like a badass! And yes, that cover is awesome! Great review!

    1. Totally worth checking out! Hope you love it! The cover just makes me swoon, haha.

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